Professional Supervision Online Course

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Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

Professional Supervision online course is primarily suited to those involved with counseling or other industries which require supervision of professional staff especially those in emotionally demanding occupations. You will learn to support and direct your professional staff, learn about issues such as conduct, burn-out and ethics. This course develops skills in supervising other professionals and an awareness of what to expect when undergoing supervision yourself.

Course Aims:

  • Understand what is meant by professional supervision, why it is necessary, benefits and disadvantages;
  • Define and compare different models of supervision including reciprocal mentoring, group supervision, self supervision, and agency supervision;
  • Develop an understanding of professional issues of supervision including confidentiality, ethics, quality control, and legal concerns;
  • Understand and define different approaches to supervision including psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioural, solution-orientated, process-orientated and narrative methods;
  • Understand some of the different approaches applied to supervision for different professional groups;
  • Understand the different requirements of providing supervision in organisations where most employees are counsellors, organisations where counsellors are in the minority, and organisations of non-counsellors;
  • Identify the different managerial components of the supervision process including budgeting, monitoring frequency of supervision, selection of supervisors, and the question of standardisation.


Detailed Course Outline


This course is made up of a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.

There are 7 lessons in this course:

Introduction to Professional Supervision

  • Introduction
  • Nature and scope of counselling
  • Defining supervision
  • Benefits of being supervised
  • Personal moral qualities of a counselor
  • Case study
  • Your strengths and weaknesses
  • SWOT analysis
  • Qualities of a professional supervisor
  • Case study

Models of Supervision

  • Beginning the super vision process
  • Contracts
  • Models of supervision
  • Mentoring
  • Proctors interactive model of supervision
  • Use of reflection in the theoretical framework
  • Forms of supervision: individual, group, self, agency
  • Reporting and record keeping
  • PBL: Create and present a plan with specific strategies for improving the supervision of employee’s work related skills, attitudes, and knowledge in the workplace, based on a clear understanding of the person’s needs, values, and situation.

Professionalism, Ethics, and Legal Concerns

  • Introduction and ethical codes
  • Supervisor professional standards
  • Ethical decisions
  • Responsibilities of supervisors to other professionals
  • Confidentiality
  • Informed consent
  • Multicultural counselling
  • Dual relationships
  • Professional boundaries
  • Complaints
  • Professional misconduct
  • Bringing the profession into disrepute
  • Sanctions

Different Approaches to Supervision

  • Relevant theories or models
  • Developmental models
  • The Professional Development Model (PDM)
  • Discrimination model
  • Issues in supervision
  • What is burnout
  • What causes burnout
  • Is stress the same as burn out
  • Online counselling and supervision
  • Telephone counselling
  • E mail or online counselling
  • How does online supervision work
  • International perspectives on counselling supervision

Supervision for Different Professions

  • Introduction
  • What to look for in an effective supervisor
  • Foundations of supervision
  • Supervision policy statement
  • Case study: Supervision in social work
  • Case study: supervision in occupational health nursing
  • Case study: supervision in the coaching profession
  • Case study: supervision for child safety
  • Case study: supervision in youth work

Organisational Considerations

  • Introduction
  • Self governance, awareness and supervision
  • Defining requirements
  • Organisational dynamics
  • Team dynamics
  • Supervision and outside contractors
  • Benefits of supervision in an organisation
  • Education

Managing Supervision

  • Issues in managing thew process
  • Frequency and duration of supervision
  • Finance
  • Other elements
  • Motivating factors
  • Transference and counter transference
  • Power abuse
  • Selection of supervisors and supervision
  • Standardized and open methods of supervision

When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

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    Course Tutor

    Dr Nicholas Harris B. Psychology (Hons I), PhD

    Nicholas is a social psychologist; he studies and teaches on topics involving group-level and individual-level behavior, as well as examining the effect of the situation.  Nicholas has been involved in writing textbooks and research papers in psychology. Nicholas’ teaching experience is vast; he has taught social psychology, indigenous and intercultural psychology, statistics, research methods, psychological measurement and assessment, personality, organizational psychology, counselling skills, and ethics. Nicholas has also completed a number of short courses on counselling and suicide prevention, and has volunteered for a number of years with Lifeline. Nicholas has supervised a number of honours and master’s research theses.

    How It Works

    1. Learn Online

    Get access to your course content anywhere, anytime and study at your own pace.

    2. Get Help & Support

    Connect with other like-minded students and get help from the teacher whenever you have a question.

    3. Receive Certificate

    Graduate from your course knowing that you have what it takes to reach your next step.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I pay in installments?

    Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

    Can I study from anywhere in the world?

    We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

    Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

    Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


    Do I have to sit an Exam?

    No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

    Do you have set start dates?

    There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.